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VALENTINIAN VARIATIONS ON LK 12,8-9/MT 10,32

In: Vigiliae Christianae
Author: Winrich Löhr
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Abstract

Clement of Alexandria has preserved a fragment of Herakleon, disciple of Valentinus, which comments on Lk 12,8-9 (11) par. The article interprets Herakleon's fragment as a piece of subtle second century Gospel exegesis, considers it in the context of the early Christian exegesis of Lk 12,8-9 par. and compares it with another Valentinian exegesis of the same verse which is related by Tertullian. Some conjectures as to the form of Herakleon's commentary are attempted: Apparently he first quoted the lemma and then commented on it, carefully discussing verse after verse. Method and form of the fragment are close to Herakleon's 'hypomnemata' on the Gospel of John. Our piece, however, probably formed no part of these 'hypomnemata'—Herakleon being the first known Christian exegete who commented both on the Gospel of Luke (taking into account the Synoptic parallels) and the Gospel of John.

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